Northwood Casino closes its doors

Credits: Diamond Jo Worth.

Northwood Casino was required to end its operations by the National Indian Gaming Commission.

US.- The Nooksack Indian Tribe was required to close its gaming facility in Washington State, Northwood Casino. The demand was filed by the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), according to World Casino Directory.

Northwood Casino has ended its operations after the Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Kipnis released a statement referring to the Washington State’s native tribe as “unelected, unrecognised and illegitimate group.” As the gaming venue was closed last week, workers are seeking responses about their employment situation.

The tribe’s casino, located in Whatcom County, has allegedly operated without the federal permission as to Indian Tribes’ gaming facilities. The law establishes that tribal casino operations “must be conducted by federally recognised leadership,” as the media stated, although the Nooksack Indian Tribe does not count with that leadership.

Furthermore, the Northwood Casino was accused of violating “the environment and the public health and safety,” and six requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act. “We do not take lightly the issuance of notices of violation and closure orders against tribal gaming operations. We are taking this significant enforcement action only after a complete analysis of the unique circumstances involved, including a full review of the structure of the tribe’s governing and business bodies,” commented the gaming commission Chairman Jonodev Chaudhuri in a statement quoted by the Seattle Times.